Chinese web users were briefly given a glimpse of how the internet looks to the rest of the world, after a domestic app provided access to previously banned sites like YouTube, Google and Facebook. More surprisingly, the Tuber browser appeared to be completely legal, backed by Chinese cybersecurity firm 360 Security Technology.

Any joy over their newfound freedom was short-lived, however. First, the browser stopped functioning and shortly afterwards, disappeared from the Huawei-run app store altogether. There is no official word as to why the app has been removed, or indeed why it was allowed in the first instance, but it’s likely that government officials decided that allowing users more online freedoms was too much of a risk.



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